Safety in your communal areas – changes to Clear Communal Spaces policy

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If you live in a block of flats with a communal area or corridor you will soon receive a letter and leaflet from us about changes to our Clear Communal Spaces policy that launches on Monday 6 June.  It explains the importance of keeping communal areas such as stairs and hallways clear.

From Monday 6 June 2022 you will no longer be able to store any item/s in the communal areas.  This is in response to recent changes in fire safety legislation that has placed extra responsibilities on Brighter Places as your landlord. We own the communal areas of your block and have a legal obligation to ensure these areas remain free of items that might:

  • either cause or contribute to a fire,
  • present a trip hazard (such as doormats) or
  • obstruct your means of escape in the unlikely event of a fire.

In the event of an emergency, should you need to leave the building then it is imperative that you and your family can exit safely. Young children and the elderly especially need clear, safe spaces to pass on stairs and in corridors.

Our new Clear Communal Spaces policy covers:

  • Entrances
  • Communal landings
  • Communal lounges in supported schemes
  • Shared stairways
  • Removal of items left in communal spaces

As part of our policy change, we are now taking a zero-tolerance approach to any items left in a communal space. This means that if any items are found within a communal space they will be removed, and you will be charged £50 per item to be removed.

We understand this may be a change to some of our residents, but as your landlord we need to prioritise your safety and the safety of others within the block. We will continue to work with you to look at possible alternative storage solutions for items such as buggies or bikes.

Support is available

You can read more about our Clear Communal Spaces policy here.  We’ve tried to answer the most common questions about changes to the policy. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here.